Pros vs Cons: Debating AI's Impact on Human Potential

Does AI unleash or stifle human potential? Dive into a dynamic debate dissecting AI’s impact on the future of talent in the digital industry. Explore the transformative potential, confront ethical challenges, and navigate the job landscape. Expect to leave this session either provoked or empowered, armed with insights to navigate the changing impact of AI on the future of local talent.

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azmir rahman

My journey to the world of data started with the combination of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series of books and Usborne’s fact-based publications that is written to provoke, excite and arouse the curiosity of a young mind traversing through the universe. Market research opened me to the curious world of consumers aka my fellow humans; the choices (or non-choice) they make based on hope, fear, disposition, upbringing, culture, friends, family and the state of the nation & the world. Dattel is another chapter in my journey to explore the boundaries of harnessing data for the benefits of all stakeholders alike.

Kshitij Pradeep

Kshitij’s love for simplifying complex digital techniques for marketeers have grown stronger over the years while churning out award winning work while keeping tactics driven by media at the core of brand growth. Been a part of shift in media trends from offline to online, a flag bearer of conversion oriented goals and deep dives to introduce brands to its users segmentized into addressable categories and dissecting them further to build relevant channel attributions. Motorist at heart, advertiser by profession, he is Kshitij Pradeep, better known as KP by peers.

Nicholas Sagau

Nicholas Sagau Tony is a renowned Malaysian specialist and leader in the digital technology arena, and a highly sought-after industry speaker or moderator at national and international level conferences. Often his subject of conferences and networking revolves around areas of digital product, content, marketing and innovation, transformation, esports, corporate innovation and incubator, OTT and digital video content distribution.

His desire to keep steering the society and nation toward digital excellence has been recognised amongst the industry experts and collaborators. In 2020, he was elected as the President of the Malaysia Digital Association (MDA).

Nicholas began his involvement in the media and digital space during its steady rise in the country, Now, he is not only considered a veteran of the digital industry but he is entrusted with helming Rev Media Group as the Chief Operating Officer. Rev Media represents over 40 top digital authority brands with an extensive digital content distribution network that reaches more than 15 million people each month in Malaysia. In 2021, despite the economic situation, Rev Media achieved RM100+ million in revenue, its best year of financial performance.

He has been part of the core digital team members empowered to build and grow the digital business at Malaysia’s largest media conglomerate, Media Prima Berhad. Aside from his daily task of operating Rev Media, he also serves as the Operation and Technology Transformation Officer, at the Group MD Office.

Nicholas and his innovative team have won multiple award recognitions from the industry throughout the years. Notably, clinching the premier, Malaysia’s Digital Publisher of the Year award – two years in a row (from 2019 – 2022), and winning three gold and bronze awards at the prestigious Asia Mob-Ex Awards (which honours and awards mobile product excellence) in Singapore.

Sandeep Joseph

Sandeep has invested 27 years in advertising and digital marketing, including 19 in Malaysia. He’s fought in the Cola Wars, co-founded a start-up digital-first agency in India around the year 2000, which he sold to WPP (Ogilvy), run award-winning creative and media agencies in Malaysia (XM Malaysia, Zenith) and currently runs Ampersand Advisory, a new media, creative and data consultancy.


Ampersand Advisory was selected as Campaign’s Top 10 Independent Agencies of the World in June 2023, as well as ranked as one of the Financial Times Statista 500 High Growth Companies in Asia Pacific in March 2023 and March 2024.


At Ampersand Advisory, he has led various Malaysian and international brands to over 150 awards for creativity and media, and in the process Ampersand Advisory has won Media Agency of the Year, overall CREATIVE MARKie, overall MEDIA MARKie, Dragons #1 ranked agency in Malaysia, and Campaign Independent Agency of the Year for five years in a row. He’s also a long-standing columnist in the space of marketing and advertising.


He enjoys the adrenaline of unpredictability created by the pervasive digitization of the economy. In his spare time, he is also a filmmaker who has directed over 20 short films, corporate documentaries and a feature film. His passions include Manchester United (currently a pain point), the Rolling Stones, photography and Netflix.

Syamil Fahim

Syamil Fahim currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Nu Ideaktiv Sdn. Bhd. A joint venture between Kumpulan Karangkraf and Astro Malaysia. 

Graduated from University of Misouri-Kansas City in 1996, in the field of Computer Science specializing in Telecommunications, he joined the Karangkraf in August the same year as a management trainee. 

Post management training, he was tasked with heading the Graphics Department Unit of Karangkraf. From there, his career in the publishing industry started. In subsequent years, he formed the IT department for the group and launched Karangkraf’s first web portal,, in December 2000. 

His experience includes heading the Print Division, Ultimate Print Sdn Bhd for more than 12 years before given the bigger task of heading the newly formed subsidiary, Grup Digital Karangkraf Sdn Bhd in 2010. Believing that Innovation and Technology is key to any organization’s success, he now transforms the Group to be more IT & technology driven. 

In May 2018, the magazine publishing division of Karangkraf, Grup Majalah Karangkraf pursued a joint venture initiative with Astro Malaysia to create the largest Malay content creation company, Nu Ideaktiv Sdn. Bhd. Focus of this company is to create great Malay content on multiple platforms that spans from print, digital, social media, broadcast TV to ground events. With over 27 years of experience in the media industry, Syamil now helms the company as the Chief Executive Officer.


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